Wood Gets CARVD
CARVD was established by Ben and Col, two chaps from the UK who aspire to bring customers high quality wood products but by still keeping the art of wood craft alive. The team use a mix of traditional craftsmanship, laser technology and they also have their own super talented designers including Ben and Col themselves.
Other designers at CARVD include Cardboard Artist Lottie Smith, Geometric Painter Chris Lea, Graphic Designer’s Samantha Ratcliffe, Sarah Cowan and Craig Challinor, Illustrator’s Lindsey Vigurs and Alan Dalby. Make sure you check out their website’s. Ben and Col certainly found some really talented designers.
The company produce a wide range of products from wooden business cards to prints, phone skins and wedding invites following the belief that wood is the ultimate tactile medium to design on to. The quality of products is critical to CARVD’s offering. They use natural grain which makes each one of their products unique.
Collaborating with designers is one of their biggest assets rather than going about this the usual way and buying image rights. I would say that is pretty amazing as it is very hard to show off your work as your own and get the credit you deserve if you only sell the right to use your imagery.
All products are created by sourcing the best quality woods, which took them on a long journey across Europe to make sure they chose the wood responsibly and ensured it came from countries that have strict environmental controls. They have now finally settled with Mahogany Sapele, Walnut, Cherry and Ash provided by a Wood Mill in Somerset, UK. They treat all the wood by hand using a secret mix of simple oils that preserve the grain without losing that tangible real wooden texture.
CARVD is a super ethical business; they only use FSC approved hardwood, the packaging is printed on a Risograph which uses no toner, no solvents and a cold process. Customers of CARVD can be assured that the wood comes from managed forests that meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. They have also partnered with Trees for Life (a charity restoring Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest back to its former glorious wilderness) to offset their usage of wood – they plant 1 tree for every 10 products they sell which in actuality is a lot more new trees planted than trees used! Super sustainable!
The online shop currently stocks iphone skins but there is a lot more on the horizon for CARVD so you can bet your bottom dollar they mean business. Keep your eyes peeled!
Gemma Louise Kimpton
Founder, A Place for Creation
Founder of A Place for Creation & Creator of 'My Creative Business Planner' + designer of awesome websites for creative businesses.
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